Mrs. Sayre was born and raised in Chicago. She attended the National College of Education and taught pre-K and kindergarten. She and her husband, Julian, moved to Tucson in 1959. Mrs. Sayre was an active volunteer in the Tucson Jewish community, including for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Handmaker’s Rainbow Ball, and the National Council of Jewish Women’s thrift shop. A three-time cancer survivor in her later years, she was a founding member of CHAI Circle, a cancer support group for Jewish women. She also volunteered in the wider Tucson community, including serving as chair of the Amphitheater School District’s Headstart program.
Mrs. Sayre was predeceased by her husband of almost 54 years, Julian, and her oldest son, Lawrence.
Survivors include her son, Steven (Diane) Sayre of Tucson, and daughter-in-law, Marti Sayre of Cleveland; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren
Services were held at Temple Emanu-El with Rabbi Batsheva Appel of Temple Emanu-El and Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash officiating. Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary.